Forensic Science (BS) Program Overview

Forensic scientists are critical to the judicial system. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences describes the work of the forensic expert as the search for truth. If you’re naturally curious with a passion for justice, earning a forensic science degree from our Christ-centered program could be for you.

A Forensic Science Standout

As a forensic science major, you’ll complete a rigorous program of science and criminal justice classes while polishing your communication skills through writing assignments. Numerous summer internships are available, and your forensic science advisor will help you apply for them. In the past, majors have interned with NCIS and local police departments.

“We can tailor-fit courses to students’ interests,” says Dr. Joe Saunders. We offer special topics valuable to your career, from DNA analysis to arson investigation. Whether you dream of a career in local law enforcement or on the national stage, this forensic science degree will help you achieve your goals. Ready to join the ranks of the truth-seekers? Complete the request information form and arrange to sit in on a class during your visit to campus.


The Academic Catalog is the student’s guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

On-Campus: August 19, 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (32 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3 Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)
Core Requirements (81 Credits)

  • BIO 1144
  • BIO 2014
  • BIO 2024
  • BIO 4014
  • BIO 4024
  • BIO/CHM 3053
  • BIO/CHM 3061
  • BIO/CHM 4081
  • BIO/CHM 4091
  • CHM 1011
  • CHM 1013
  • CHM 1021
  • CHM 1023
  • CHM 2014
  • CHM 2024
  • CHM 3014
  • CRJ 2013
  • CRJ 2203
  • CRJ 3303
  • CRJ 3083
  • CRJ 3183
  • CRJ 3303
  • MAT 1223 (or higher)
  • MAT 2033
  • PHY 2014
  • PHY 2024
  • Program Design & Development OR Personal Computers
Minors & Electives (7 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Polygraph Examiner
Forensic Toxicologist
Forensic Accountant
Forensic Ballistics Expert
Forensic Pathologist

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.